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The Emergence of Footballing Cultures Manchester, 1840-1919

The Emergence of Footballing Cultures Manchester, 1840-1919

Author: Gary James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2020

This study of Manchester football, by leading football historian Gary James, considers the sport's emergence, development and establishment through to its position as the city's leading team sport. The period from 1840 to 1919 saw football in Manchester develop from an inconsequential, occasionally outlawed activity, into a major business with a variety of popular football clubs and supporting industry. This book makes a distinct and original contribution to the historiography of sport. It is the first academic study into the development of association football in Manchester, and is directly linked to the current state of knowledge and debates within sports history on football's origins. It adds regional focus to inform the wider debate, contextualising the growth of the sport in the city and identifies communities who propagated and developed football. Robust research should ensure that this becomes the benchmark study of regional football. -- .

Manchester City Women An Oral History

Manchester City Women An Oral History

Author: Gary James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2019

The Emergence of Footballing Cultures Manchester, 1840-1919

The Emergence of Footballing Cultures Manchester, 1840-1919

Author: Gary James Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/07/2019

This study of Manchester football, by leading football historian Gary James, considers the sport's emergence, development and establishment through to its position as the city's leading team sport. The period from 1840 to 1919 saw football in Manchester develop from an inconsequential, occasionally outlawed activity, into a major business with a variety of popular football clubs and supporting industry. This book makes a distinct and original contribution to the historiography of sport. It is the first academic study into the development of association football in Manchester, and is directly linked to the current state of knowledge and debates within sports history on football's origins. It adds regional focus to inform the wider debate, contextualising the growth of the sport in the city and identifies communities who propagated and developed football. Robust research should ensure that this becomes the benchmark study of regional football. -- .

Spangles, Glam, Gaywaves & Tubes

Spangles, Glam, Gaywaves & Tubes

Author: Gary James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2019

This is the story of a young boy from the rough side of Tunbridge Wells (yes, there is one). A boy born in black and white (as his parents couldn't afford colour) who would survive the trauma of terrifying 1960s children's TV puppet shows and public information films, a family break up and being a gay teenager through the Glam Rock 1970s to go to London and become part of the new wave of youth culture in Punk and Disco. It's the story of 70s and 80s youth subculture told through pioneering gay theatre productions, the world's first ever gay radio pirate radio broadcasts and then finally becoming the first openly gay TV presenter on the seminal rock television show, The Tube. Throughout all of these times this author's story is that of an outsider, someone who experienced extraordinary people, times and events without ever venturing too far in. This is also the story of forgotten people, other outsiders; those who took risks, fought the system and whose names and feats have slipped away into obscurity. But above all this is a book which captures the zeitgeist of a 60s childhood, a teenage 70s and the explosion of youth culture in the early 80s. From Bolan and Bowie to Frankie and Duran Duran, every cliche is there stuck rigid with nuclear hair gel and fabulous shoulder pads. If you've ever wondered what a TV presenter actually does whilst trying to figure out what's going on around him, then this is the story for you.

The Xing

The Xing

Author: Gary James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2018

The Xing

The Xing

Author: Gary James Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2018

Transfer Day

Transfer Day

Author: Gary James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2013